2018 Pro Bowl: Steelers place NFL-high eight players, including Ryan Shazier

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The NFL announced the rosters for the 2018 Pro Bowl on Tuesday night, and the Pittsburgh Steelers placed the most players in the annual all-star game.

Eight Steelers have been selected, including linebacker Ryan Shazier, who suffered a scary, season-ending spinal injury against earlier this month.

Shazier’s teammates who were selected: Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Chris Boswell, and offensive linemen Alejandro Villanueva, David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey.

Running back Le’Veon Bell is one of eight Pittsburgh Steelers players chosen to the 2018 Pro Bowl. (AP)
Running back Le’Veon Bell is one of eight Pittsburgh Steelers players chosen to the 2018 Pro Bowl. (AP)

Among NFC teams, the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles each had six players chosen.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be the AFC starter; this is his 13th Pro Bowl nod, one behind the record currently held by Tony Gonzalez, Peyton Manning, Bruce Matthews and Merlin Olsen. Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald was selected for the 11th time, as was New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.

On the opposite end of the experience spectrum, there were four rookies chosen: Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, Cardinals special teamer Budda Baker, and Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore, both from the Saints.

The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 28, 2018 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Here are the position-by-position rosters (asterisk denotes starter):

AFC

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots*; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Wide Receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers*; DeAndre Hopkins, Texans*; A.J. Green, Bengals; Keenan Allen, Chargers
Running Back: Le’Veon Bell, Steelers; Kareem Hunt, Chiefs; LeSean McCoy, Bills
Fullback: James Develin, Patriots*
Tight End: Travis Kelce, Chiefs*; Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
Tackle: Alejandro Villanueva, Steelers*; Taylor Lewan, Titans*; Donald Penn, Raiders
Guard: Kelechi Osemele, Raiders*; David DeCastro, Steelers*; Richie Incognito, Bills
Center: Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers*; Rodney Hudson, Raiders

Defensive End: Joey Bosa, Chargers*; Calais Campbell, Jaguars*; Khalil Mack, Raiders
Interior Lineman: Geno Atkins, Bengals*; Jurrell Casey, Titans*; Malik Jackson, Jaguars
Outside Linebacker: Von Miller, Broncos*; Jadeveon Clowney, Texans*; Terrell Suggs, Ravens
Inside/Middle Linebacker: C.J. Mosley, Ravens*; Ryan Shazier, Steelers
Cornerback: A.J. Bouye, Jaguars*; Jalen Ramsey, Jaguars*; Aqib Talib, Broncos; Casey Hayward, Chargers
Safety: Eric Weddle, Ravens*; Reshad Jones, Dolphins*; Micah Hyde, Bills

Punter: Brett Kern, Titans
Kicker: Chris Boswell, Steelers
Return Specialist: Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
Special Teamer: Matthew Slater, Patriots

NFC

Quarterback: Carson Wentz, Eagles*; Russell Wilson, Seahawks; Drew Brees, Saints
Wide Receiver: Julio Jones, Falcons*; Adam Thielen, Vikings*; Michael Thomas, Saints; Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
Running Back: Todd Gurley, Rams*; Alvin Kamara, Saints; Mark Ingram, Saints
Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk, 49ers*
Tight End: Zach Ertz, Eagles*; Jimmy Graham, Seahawks
Tackle: Tyron Smith, Cowboys*; Trent Williams, Washington*; Lane Johnson, Eagles
Guard: Zack Martin, Cowboys*; Brandon Brooks, Eagles*; Brandon Scherff, Washington
Center: Alex Mack, Falcons*; Travis Frederick, Cowboys

Defensive End: Everson Griffen, Vikings*; Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys*; Cameron Jordan, Saints
Interior Lineman: Fletcher Cox, Eagles*; Aaron Donald, Rams*; Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers
Outside Linebacker: Chandler Jones, Cardinals*; Ryan Kerrigan, Washington*; Anthony Barr, VIkings
Inside/Middle Linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Panthers*; Bobby Wagner, Seahawks
Cornerback: Xavier Rhodes, Vikings*; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals*; Marshon Lattimore, Saints; Darius Slay, Lions
Safety: Earl Thomas, Seahawks*; Landon Collins, Giants*; Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles

Punter: Johnny Hekker, Rams
Kicker: Greg Zuerlein, Rams
Return Specialist: Pharoh Cooper, Rams
Special Teamer: Budda Baker, Cardinals

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